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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Square Dancing

If you can't get a ticket for the top films at the Pushkin Hall, settle down at the side of the fountain and watch the daily concerts on Pushkin Square courtesy of radio station Evropa Plus and the festival organizers. It's been slanted toward Russian pop so far, rather than the more eclectic selection of two years ago, but the concerts have been very popular. Watch out for the Russian version of Ricky Martin's "Livin' la Vida Loca," lovingly translated into Ne Idyosh na segodnya Mariya.

Lounge Lizards

From Dusk Till Dawn's new incarnation, Voodoo Lounge, has one of the best back gardens in town, ideal for late night summer relaxing, with lots of space beside it to park all those jeeps that gather outside. Not much seems to have changed inside but there's a livelier crowd than before, a new reasonably priced Latin-type menu and they promise (although not always deliver) free Latino dancing lessons every night.

Voodoo Lounge, 5/7 Sredny Tishinsky Pereulok. Tel. 253-2323, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Metro: Belorusskaya.

? Kevin O'Flynn